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  • Meet My God

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    March 31, 2014 | 7:33 am

    Throughout life, we redefine love.  We struggle with love as we age from childhood, through the rebellious teenage years, to when we graduate school, to when we seek a family of our own, to when a child enters our lives, to when we lose a parent or experience significant loss, to...

  • The Coyne wars reach Einstein

    By Roger Price

    March 27, 2014 | 9:55 am

    Q: What do Jonathan Sacks, Ross Douthat and Albert Einstein have in common?

    A:  Let’s see. The first is the former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth, the second is a New York Times based columnist who writes frequently about religion, and...

  • Is God All-Powerful?

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    June 5, 2013 | 8:00 am

    Recently, someone who is dear to me, and who I’ve known for over 30 years, shared a photo on Facebook with text which read, “You either have a God who sends child rapists to rape children or you have a God who simply watches and says ‘When you’re done I’m going to punish you.’ If I...

  • Jewish atheism and Jewish theism in America

    By Roger Price

    April 12, 2013 | 9:46 am

         American Judaism has a God problem.  Actually, and paradoxically, it seems to have two God problems. One is Jewish atheism. The other is Jewish theism. Here we will look at the data and the dilemma.

         At the outset, we have to recognize that there is something odd about...

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  • Doubting G-d’s Existence

    By Beit T'shuvah

    March 11, 2013 | 2:06 pm

    By Yeshaia Blakeney

    I want to share a story about this very difficult concept we call belief, or faith. These are tough concepts. I'm not going to get into them fully now, I just want to share a story to illuminate some of these ideas.  So there's a game called stump the rabbi. ...

  • March 7, 2013

    By Shmuel Rosner

    March 7, 2013 | 3:18 am

    Headline:  US House bill would back Israel strike on Iran

    To Read: According to David Rothkopf, the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns are bound to effect the next generation's take on foreign policy and American intervention abroad as dramatically as Vietnam has effected this...

  • Brandon Cronenberg’s ‘Antiviral’ oozes into AFI Fest

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 3, 2012 | 12:06 am

    Exploding heads, techno-genitals, mutant offspring, a humanoid fly. Such are some of the monstrous images in David Cronenberg’s early “body horror” films, a la “Videodrome,” “Scanners,” “The Brood” and, of course, 1986’s “The Fly, ” starring Jeff Goldblum. Now Cronenberg’s...

  • Shabbat without religion

    By David Suissa

    September 5, 2012 | 11:55 am

    How do you talk about Judaism in a way that's not too "Jewish"? How do you convey Jewish ideas to Jews who might get turned off by religious ideas? Is it possible, in other words, to talk about the Jewish religion in a nonreligious way?

    Those questions were on my mind last Friday...

  • Paleoanthropologist: End Times near for evolution debate

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 29, 2012 | 10:44 am

    Richard Leakey doesn’t have the name recognition of many contemporary atheists. He’s not a New Atheist like Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, the late Christopher Hitchens. But Leakey, a paleoanthropologist, is getting some attention for recently telling the Associated Press that the pace...

  • Richard Dawkins wants your kids to read the Bible

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    May 21, 2012 | 7:37 pm

    It’s no mystery that Richard Dawkins, aka Dicky Dawkins, is no fan of religion. In fact, he’s a quite vocal opponent. So why does he want your kids to read the Bible?

    To appreciate as a work of literature, not, unsurprisingly, as sacred truth or a moral guide. Dawkins writes in The...

  • What kind of atheist are you?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 3, 2009 | 12:18 pm

    In case you missed it, NPR aired a piece last month about the widening divide between the in-you-face atheists and the nonbelievers who want to be more tolerant of their God-fearing friends:

    “It’s really a national debate among people with a secular orientation about how far do...

  • So a Muslim, a Christian, a Jew and a Buddhist walk into a room of atheists ...

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 9, 2009 | 7:57 pm

    The lede to this Reuters story sounds like the setup for some religious joke. Maybe that’s why Turkish government officials are none too happy with the reality TV show at the heart of this story. Here goes:

    What happens when you put a Muslim imam, a Christian priest, a rabbi and a...

  • Comedian Steve Harvey: atheists are idiots

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    July 8, 2009 | 1:00 am

    I missed this gem last month. Appearing on “Larry King Live,” comedian Steve Harvey says that if you don’t believe in God, then you’re an “idiot.” I think what he meant was that when he looks around at creation, he sees nothing but ample evidence that God exists. That’s an argument the Apostle Paul made in his letter to the Romans. But that’s not exactly how Harvey said it.

    How do I know there’s a God? Well, because one of his many Twitter profiles shared this video with me.

  • About 100,000 Britons move to de-baptize

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 30, 2009 | 6:35 pm

    Last summer, American atheists had a coming-out party in Westerville, Ohio—coincidentally the home of the Religion Newswriters Association. The event included the de-baptism of those wanted to publicly renounce the faith of their childhood. And it looks like the practice is becoming...

  • A world without God

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 12, 2009 | 9:13 pm

    It seems Edward Current, who made the above video, which I got from The Atheist Jew, doesn’t like God too much. I’m picking up a hint of sarcasm when Current says that in a world without God their would be no reason to help the poor and natural disasters would not kill thousands at...

  • More Americans are listing ‘no religion’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 9, 2009 | 3:27 pm

    The American Religious Identification Survey has published it’s new numbers. About 15 percent of Americans claim no religion. That’s only a nominal increase from 2001:

    The survey substantiated several general trends already identified by sociologists: the slipping importance of...

  • Bus ads take on Dawkins

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    March 5, 2009 | 11:03 am

    Remember Richard Dawkins’ anti-God bus ads? “There probably is no God,” they stated.

    Well, those ads caused a real row in London—foreign journalists to use that word when mentioning a controversy in Britain—and copycats tried to follow suit in Italy, but found no customer for their...

  • That’s William Lobdell in the corner

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 26, 2009 | 6:47 pm

    The former LA Times reporter’s memoir, “Losing My Religion,” was published yesterday. It’s an expansion of the 2007 Column One William Lobdell wrote about losing his faith on the religion beat. It’s not a malady I share, but it’s a book I plan to read.

    So far his memoir is selling...

  • Atheist comedian takes stand-up to Methodist church

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 12, 2009 | 1:40 pm

    Almighty God—He’s one of my best sources—sent me this video of an atheist comedian doing stand-up in church.

  • Dawkins’ anti-God bus campaign

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    January 9, 2009 | 6:25 pm

    In November, I mentioned that Irish bookmakers had set odds on God. That post referenced a new bus campaign in London, led by Richard Dawkins, that states “there probably is no God.” The New York Times has a story about the campaign. An excerpt:

    Spotting one of the buses on display...

  • So that’s why Darwin looks so much like Santa Claus

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    December 22, 2008 | 9:37 am

    Haven’t you ever wondered why Charles Darwin looks a lot like Santa Claus?

    Me neither. Andrew Shaffer did, so last year he added to his atheist Christmas card catalog one of Darwin holding a bunch of presents under his arm. Inside the cards say “evolve your beliefs.” Business was...

  • A Moderate Proposal

    By Rob Eshman

    November 20, 2008 | 2:13 am

    On Wednesday evening, Nov. 12, I was the moderator of a debate between author Christopher Hitchens and Rabbi David Wolpe at the Wilshire Theatre in Beverly Hills. As some 1,500 people filed into the grand space, the rabbi, Hitchens and I sat in a small, plain green room backstage,...
  • Godless morality

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    November 8, 2008 | 12:02 pm

    God-fearing folks like me are taught that moral behavior comes from diligent reading and observance of God’s Word. Indeed, I was moved by C.S. Lewis’ argument in “Mere Christianity”:

    “I fully agree that we learn the Rule of Decent Behaviour from our parents and teachers, and friends...

  • Elizabeth Dole’s Godless ad is a shameful attack

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 29, 2008 | 6:02 pm

    From CNN.com:

    The already-contentious North Carolina Senate race took a brutal turn Wednesday after incumbent Sen. Elizabeth Dole released a television ad suggesting challenger Kay Hagan is “Godless.”

    “A leader of the Godless Americans PAC recently held a secret fundraiser for...

  • Richard Dawkins: still godless, now jobless

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    October 28, 2008 | 12:20 am

    No, the Great Atheist wasn’t fired.

    I didn’t realize this, but Richard Dawkins is retiring from his professorship at Oxford this week. I suppose now he’ll fade into oblivion. Right ...

    In light of his departure, Dawkins spoke with The Guardian about his assessment his appeal to...

  • Religion: The ‘first and worst’ explanation

    October 23, 2008 | 1:25 am

    Until about 1832, when it first seems to have become established as a noun and a concept, the term "scientist" had no really independent meaning.

    "Science" meant "knowledge" in much the same way as "physic" meant medicine, and those who conducted experiments or organized field...

  • Bill Maher, Catholic and Jewish, master of guilt

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 25, 2008 | 7:11 pm

    And we’re back. Joining me again is my guest, Bill Maher.

    Now, this is Bill’s sixth appearance on The God Blog in as many weeks; I suppose the visits will stop soon after his new docu-drama, “Religulous,” is greeted at theaters by protesters Oct. 3.

    Yesterday I mentioned that even...

  • Bill Maher gets downright ‘Religulous’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 24, 2008 | 10:35 pm

    Bill Maher is on his soapbox, looking like a lunatic and holding court in London's Hyde Park. A crowd forms around the American talk show host, who is disguised in glasses and a funny hat as he preaches that aliens have infected our souls and only Scientology provides the answer.
    ...

  • Defender of Faith:
    Rabbi David Wolpe explains why faith matters

    By Tom Teicholz

    September 18, 2008 | 1:21 am

    If the bestseller charts are any indication, it's become popular to condemn religion.

    Books such as Sam Harris' "Letter to a Christian Nation" and "The End of Faith," Richard Dawson's "The God Delusion," Christopher Hitchens' "God Is Not Great" and Bill Maher's soon-to-be-released...

  • Answering Hitchens on moral superiority

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 10, 2008 | 2:41 pm

    By now, everyone knows the name Christopher Hitchens. That’s an impressive feat for a print journalist not named Woodward or Bernstein or at least Hersh. But Hitchens notoriety—and to the God-fearing it is notoriety—stems from his membership in the corps of New Atheists. One of...

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